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Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York City
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108 Orchard Street
New York, New York 10002
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+1 (212) 982 8420
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Baldizzi Family Kitchen, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Photo by Keiko Niwa, courtesy of Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum showcases the immigrant experience. Roughly 7000 people from 20 countries lived at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935. Visit the restored homes of immigrant families. Listen to engaging family stories of hard work and perilous ship journeys. See Manhattan's Lower East Side through the eyes of its newly arrived. View primitive bathrooms. Climb windowless staircases. Imagine life in a three-room flat without indoor toilets, running water, or gas for heat and light. Learn about poverty and overcrowding. Find out how changes to the housing code improved the life of the poor. Discover how the word tenement came to mean a run-down and overcrowded apartment house.
Getting There
 
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is located at 108 Orchard Street, between Delancey and Broome, in Manhattan's Lower East Side. All tours begin and end at the Museum Shop. The museum is easily reached by public transport. The Delancey Street and Essex Street subways are less than a four-block walk. The Grand Street stop is six blocks away. M15 city buses and sightseeing buses stop at Grand and Allen Streets, a two-minute walk from the Tenement Museum. There are three pay parking lots nearby.
Hours & Times
 
The museum can only be visited on a guided tour. Tours are offered daily. Times vary. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Admission & Fees
 
Admission charged. Tickets for tours can be purchased online, by phone and in person at the museum shop. Advance purchase is recommended. A reduced rate is available for students.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
There are three types of tours, tour the building, meet the residents and walk the neighborhood. Tour length and age guidelines are included in each tour description. Family favorites include the 60 minute meet Victoria Confino children aged 5 and up, 60 minute building tour Sweatshop Workers kids 8+, and 2 hour walking tour Foods of the Lower East Side kids 8+.
 
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